Comet Prize: continuing superiority of Salam Al Khalediah
Bookmakers' favorite, SALAM AL KHALEDIAH, noted an easy win in the first stakes of 2020, Comet Prize (26 250 PLN, 2000 m), confirming his name of the best older racing Arabian in Poland.
In the interesting field of 8 (last year's derby winner DRAGON bred and owned by Z. Górski was withdrawn) the eyes of the spectators was turned to: 7-years-old SALAM AL KHALEDIAH, one of the AKF Poland Stables leading stars, strong and consistent BANDOLERO bred and owned by Janów Podlaski State Stud, and to the best 3-years-old of 2019, TABARAK’S ELVIRA bred and owned by E. Chat. Debuting on the turf, Moscow Derby winner SEIFUL MULUK bred and owned by R.O. Hahalev was a riddle for many.
Despite the highest weight in the field (63 kg, turf condition good) SALAM AL KHALEDIAH met the role of the favorite and under S. Mazur noted an easy win, leading from the start, with good finishing time of 2’20”4. He was followed by BANDOLERO, ridden by his trainer S. Vasyutov. SEIFUL MULUK won the third place, passing Salam's stable companion ANOOD AL KHALEDIAH by a neck.
The only 2020 Derby potential contender, HAMAL, was 7, losing more than 20 lengths to the winner. COMET PRIZE (4+ PA, 2000 m, 26 250 PLN)
SALAM AL KHALEDIAH (FR) 63 s. 7y. (Nashwan Al Khalediah – Quesche du Paon/Akbar), r. S. Mazur, t. M. Kacprzyk, b. Khalid B.S.B. Abdul Aziz Al Saud, o. Polska AKF Sp. z o.o.
BANDOLERO 63 s. 7 y. (Portmer – Botura/Samsheik), r.&t.. S. Vasyutov, b.&o. SK Janów Podlaski
SEIFUL MULIUK (RU) 60 s. 4 y. (Karmel de Faust – Sjamara/Marwan I) r. D. Petryakov, t. N. Szelągowska, b.&o. R.O. Hahalev
ANOOD AL KHALEDIAH (FR) 61 (Nayef Al Khalidiah – Shaza Al Khalediah/Khalid El Biwaibiya) r. S. Abayev, t. M. Kacprzyk, b. Al Khalediah Stables, o. Polska AKF Sp. z o.o.
TABARAK’S ELVIRA (AT) (Tabarak – Elea/Dormane) r. A. Turgaev, t. P. Piątkowski, b.&o. E. & H. Chat – Gestüt Chat